An inspired Radamel Falcao scored 5 of the 6 Atletico Madrid goals to thrash Deportivo La Coruna 6-0 at Vicente Calderón stadium on Sunday.
The Colombian striker scored 2 goals in the first half (28’ and 42’) to give Atletico a 3-0 lead going into halftime. In the second half he scored 3 goals in 7 minutes (64’, 67’ and 71’,) including a penalty kick after he was fouled by Roderick inside the box.
Falcao reached 16 goals in the Spanish league this season to pass Ronaldo for the second place, 7 behind top scorer Lionel Messi.
The ‘Tiger’ scored 5 goals in a game for the first time in his professional career. The last player to score 5 goals during a match in La Liga was Fernando Morientes in February 2002 vs Las Palmas and Radamel also becomes the second player in Atletico’s history to score 5 goals in a game after Vavá who did it in 1958.
.Diego Costa opened the scoring in the 24th minute after Koke took a corner kick that Deportivo goalkeeper Aranzubia miscalculated.
The ‘Colchoneros’ stay in second place in the standings after leaders Barcelona.